Greetings to all in the name of Jesus.
Tonight we come together as one in the body of Christ; under one God and one flag representing one country to honor the dedicated members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Tonight the members of Christian Heart Ministries has organized this special Candle Light Memorial Service to pay a special tribute to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country - the United States of America.
"The American Combat Soldier" - what a great badge of honor! ALL GAVE SOME and SOME GAVE IT ALL for their country. Tonight we light a candle to symbolize the courageous spirit of those brave individuals whose names are written on the Wall of Honor. Every member of the U.S. Armed Forces deserves the respect of their country and all Americans who enjoy their freedom. It is the American Combat Soldier that has earned a high place of Honor and Respect. The American Combat Soldier - whose courageous deeds and sacrifices have preserved the liberty of many foreign countries and advanced the cause of freedom throughout the world.
Each and every person who served in the Republic of Vietnam or any war time conflict can be justifiably proud of their courageous service and contribution to freedom. Fighting in defense of South Vietnam was no picnic or day at the park. The American Combat Soldier was thrown into some of the most dangerous and unbearable conditions in which a soldier can find himself during a time of war. From the twenty-four hour day in the "bush" - where a patch of dry ground was a luxury, to the enemy-infested jungle that surround you. From Hue to the South China Sea, from Saigon to the Cambodian border the American Combat Soldier displayed an extraordinary brand of courage, aggressiveness and espirit de corps that characterizes Heroes.
This spirit and drive to win was necessary to accomplish the mission and get the job done right. Our mission in Vietnam was accomplished. We eliminated the enemy wherever we found him. We gave support to all allied forces whenever and wherever we were needed. We have brought comfort and assistance to the victims of the war wherever we were able. We helped to rebuild the confidence of the Vietnamese people in themselves and in their country. We accomplished our mission and no one could have done it any better than the members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
With a great sense of pride and honor we finally received the reward that every winning combat veteran looks forward to - and that is to GO HOME! For some it meant going home to loved ones and relatives, and for others it meant going home to Heaven; to be with our Heavenly Father.
So tonight we hold our candles high in honor of those who gave it all and paid the ultimate price for freedom. These courageous heroes of the U.S. Armed Forces - the Finest Men and Women their nation could produce and the Best Soldiers the world has ever seen! MAY THEY NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
Selections from the Sacred Scriptures: "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matt. 11:28-29) "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." (John 14:1-2) "For I know that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory, which shall be revealed in us....and we know that all things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8: 18, 28) " I will ransom them from the power of the grave; and I will redeem them from death." (Hosea 13:14) "Verily, Verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live." (John 5:25) "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may be also." (John 14:1-3) Praise God....
Let us bow our heads in prayer: Our Heavenly Father we come before you tonight with praise and thanksgiving. We give thee thanks for the life of the men and women who have been taken from us in a time of war and human conflict. We give thanks Heavenly Father for their courage and contribution to this country. We thank you Father for the opportunity to come together as a united people to honor those who have fallen in battle. We pray thee Heavenly Father that you bless this Nation and it's leaders; to give them guidance and wisdom in their hour of need. We give thanks for the Love of God, His Mercy and for the Salvation that is freely offered to us by Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Bless us all, as we pray in the name of the one who gave this prayer to His people: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory, forever....
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, now and forever. AMEN